43 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
42 Local Nature Reserves (LNR)
1 RAMSAR site
1 Special Protection Area (SPA)
1 Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
The Metropolitan Green Belt covers approximately 51% of Hertfordshire.
Since 1934, more than 96% of Hertfordshire's wildflower meadows have disappeared or now lack any significant wildlife interest.
Hertfordshire is host to a diverse range of landscapes. A suite of Landscape Character Assessments and Green Infrastructure Strategies set out the approach to positive panning and management, in order to ensure their protection, conservation and enhancement.
The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), a nationally important landscape designation that has been protected since 1965, overlaps the northwest corner of Hertfordshire.
The County is host to several regional and local designations and strategic areas that have strong landscape objectives and include:
- Lee Valley Regional Park
- Watling Chase Community Forest
- Landscapes of local importance
- Registered parks and gardens and other landscapes of historic interest
Hertfordshire has a 50 year vision for the Wildlife and Natural Habitats of Hertfordshire and this is set out in Hertfordshire’s Biodiversity Action Plan.
Biodiversity 2020 sets out the strategic direction of biodiversity until 2020. The strategy has been implemented following the Natural Environment White Paper (2011) which set out a 50 year vision on biodiversity in the England.